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Changes in Carbon Cycling during Development of Successional Agroforestry

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Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg 15374, Germany
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Faculty of Life Science, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin 14195, Germany
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Department of International Environmental and Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Fuchu 183-8509, Japan
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Department of Soil and Environmental Ressources, Sao Paulo State University, Sao Paulo 01049-010, Brazil
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Cooperativa Agrícola Mista de Tomé-açu (CAMTA), Tome Acu 68.682-000, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Ryusuke Hatano
Agriculture 2017, 7(3), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture7030025
Received: 20 December 2016 / Revised: 28 February 2017 / Accepted: 6 March 2017 / Published: 11 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue C and N Cycling and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agroecosystem)
Successional agroforestry systems (SAFS) mimic the structure of natural forests while providing economical outputs. This study clarifies how carbon cycling and carbon sequestration change during successional development of SAFS. In Brazil, three successional stages of SAFS, 6, 12, and 34 years old, were compared in terms of carbon balance. Aboveground biomass, fruit harvest, litterfall, soil respiration, and soil organic carbon were measured for two years and analyzed. Carbon sequestration expressed by net primary productivity increased with age of SAFS from 9.8 Mg·C·ha−1·year−1 in 6-year-old system to 13.5 Mg·C·ha−1·year−1 in 34-year-old system. Accumulation of plant biomass and increased internal carbon cycling in SAFS led to an intensive sequestration of carbon. SAFS can be a sustainable way of agricultural production on vulnerable tropical soils. View Full-Text
Keywords: successional agroforestry; carbon cycling; soil fertility; Brazil; aboveground biomass; SOC; litterfall; respiration successional agroforestry; carbon cycling; soil fertility; Brazil; aboveground biomass; SOC; litterfall; respiration
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Selecky, T.; Bellingrath-Kimura, S.D.; Kobata, Y.; Yamada, M.; Guerrini, I.A.; Umemura, H.M.; Dos Santos, D.A. Changes in Carbon Cycling during Development of Successional Agroforestry. Agriculture 2017, 7, 25.

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